Both local name and scientific name of the mad-looking owl, Ketupa ketupu are based on the wild, ululating four-note call. Commonly, Ketupa ketupu can be found in the forested area near waters. It’s also found in mangrove forest and other coastal areas with woods and bushes (Jeyarajasingam, 2012).
Ketupa ketupu has a rich brown colour on the upperparts while the underparts are rufous-buff or fulvous with narrow dark brown shaft-streaks. It also has large ear tufts, and yellow eyes with the eyelids rimmed black. As for the food, a large proportion of the Buffy Fish Owl's diet consists of fish, as well as crustaceans, reptiles, frogs, toads and insects. Rats, mice and large beetles are also eaten. [Source: MyBIS]
Had a short opportunity with my buddy Hairol Mat Zin to photograph this owl during my trip to Seri Iskandar for my daughter's graduation last December 2021. The owl was quite far away that I had to use the teleconverter to get closer images, and the backlight is also not helping. Have a nice day!
Name: Malay buffy fish owl
Scientific: Ketupa ketupu
Malay: Hantu Kuning / Ketuk Ketampi / Ketumpok Ketampi / Tumbuk Ketampi
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
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